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Turbo-per-Tone Equalization for ADSL Systems


We study the equalization procedure in discrete multitone (DMT)-based systems, in particular, in DMT-based ADSL systems. Traditionally, equalization is performed in the time domain by means of a channel shortening filter. Shifting the equalization operations to the frequency domain, as is done in per-tone equalization, increases the achieved bitrate by 5–10%. We show that the application of the turbo principle to per-tone equalization can provide significant additional gains. In the proposed receiver structure, referred to as a "turbo-per-tone equalization" structure, equalization and decoding are performed in an iterative fashion. Equalization is done by means of a linear minimum mean squared error (MMSE) equalizer, using a priori information. We give a description of an efficient implementation of such an equalizer in the per-tone structure. Simulations show that we obtain a bitrate increase of 12–16% compared to the original per-tone equalization-based receiver structure.

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Correspondence to Hilde Vanhaute.

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Vanhaute, H., Moonen, M. Turbo-per-Tone Equalization for ADSL Systems. EURASIP J. Adv. Signal Process. 2005, 581826 (2005).

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  • ADSL
  • multicarrier modulation
  • turbo equalization